danacox31

Hoping to share the love, joy, and grace I have received in my own life.

What sets people free?

on July 6, 2017

Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. ~John 8:32

I wish I could really convey the freedom that comes from a relationship with Jesus.  I cannot explain in words how amazing it is to know that Jesus’ perfect truth frees us all to be exactly who God created us to be, if we just accept him.  Jesus is the truth that sets us free.  In the 8th chapter of John, when the Jews asked Jesus what he meant when he said they would be set free (they were Abraham’s descendants and hadn’t been slaves to anyone) Jesus replied, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  Jesus is the standard for what is right.  Freedom through Jesus is offered to keep us out of the hold of the slavery to sin, from deception by Satan, and from our own deception.  Jesus shows us the way to an eternal life with God.  Jesus doesn’t give us freedom to do whatever we want, but to follow God.

A new song comes to mind this morning as I type this devotion.  I want to share the lyrics with you.

The Gospel (written by Ryan Stevenson, Bryan Fowler, and Toby McKeehan)

A restless generation, we’re turning over every stone
Hoping to find salvation in a world that’s left us cold
Can we get back to the altar, back to the arms of our first love?
There’s only one way to the father and he’s calling out to us

To the captive it looks like freedom
To the orphan it feels like home
To the skeptic it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel, the Gospel that makes a way

It’s the cure for our condition, it’s the good news for us all

It’s greater than religion, it’s the power of the cross
So can we get back to the altar, back to the arms of our first love?
There’s only one way to the father and he’s calling out to us

To the captive it looks like freedom
To the orphan it feels like home
To the skeptic it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel, the Gospel that makes a way

In my own life it means forgiveness, when I know I deserved the fall
It called me out of my darkness, and carried me to the cross
In a moment my eyes were opened, in that moment my heart was changed
Like a blinding light in the dead of night it’s the gospel

To the captive it looks like freedom
To the orphan it feels like home
To the skeptic it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel, the gospel that makes a way

 


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